Thurston County election officials sent out about 100 ballots this week for Tuesday’s special election after a software error kept some voters’ names off the voter rolls.
State officials notified county auditors this week that the error in a state database prevented the transfer of voter registration information for people who changed their name with the Department of Licensing.
Nearly 7,000 voter registrations statewide were impacted, including 341 in Thurston County. Of those, it affected about 100 people who were eligible to vote in next week’s special election.
The county mailed ballots Wednesday morning after receiving updated voter registration information.
The ballot includes a sales tax increase to fund affordable housing in Olympia, an Olympia School District levy for safety and technology improvements and a construction bond in Yelm Community Schools.
As of Wednesday, 21 percent of ballots had been returned.
Ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, Feb. 13, or dropped off at a drop box by 8 p.m. Tuesday. A list of drop box locations is at ThurstonVotes.org.
Voters who have not received a ballot by Friday, should contact Thurston County election officials at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-786-5408.